DataCenterKnowledge has an article detailing an effort to build another Wall Street West in Binghamton, for backup sites for wall street. Of course, it is Pennsylvania that started such an effort a while back that has been slow to get started. I have two thoughts on this.
First, if lack of existing fiber infrastructure is slowing the effort in PA , why would Binghamton have more luck? If there’s anyplace near Scranton/Allentown/Stroudsburg with less fiber running to, from, and around it, it’s Binghamton.
Second, why should we see this situation just as a competition? Binghamton isn’t very far from Scranton, state borders really don’t mean that much for such things. The datacenter business is a bit like that of chinese restaurants in the USA: when your town has one it starves because nobody takes it seriously, two survive because obviously people must have liked the first, and three or more thrive because obviously they must be good if there are so many. Northeast Pennsylvania and south central New York state are geographically one area, their parallel efforts may help rather than hurt each other.
Of course, with the Lehman and Merill news today and the drumbeat of more to come, the wall street backup business seems to be getting smaller every day…
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